Prime Minister Tony Abbott has apologised to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for a diplomatic incident arising from Ylvis’ comedy song ‘The Fox’.
Relations between Australia and its neighbour have been strained since a recent official visit where Mr Abbott and his staff giggled throughout a press conference with the Indonesian President.
“I am sorry for any offence caused to the President of Indonesia,” said Mr Abbott, “but there is an innocent explanation for what happened.”
“After my meeting with the President, we were taking questions from the media. A particularly pretty female journalist asked a question I didn’t catch. So I turned to my staff and asked, ‘What did the fox say?'”
“One of my advisers replied, ‘Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringding!’ Then one of the others said, ‘Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow.'”
“Obviously, we lost our shit. We just love Ylvis and ‘The Fox’.”
Mr Abbott said that it was difficult to keep a straight face for the rest of the press conference.
“Every time someone said the words ‘Bambang Yudhoyono’, all we could think of was the Fox song’s chorus. That’s why we were giggling whenever the President was speaking. It had nothing to do with whatever he was saying in that funny language of his.”
The Indonesian government has accepted Mr Abbott’s apology. However, a spokesman for the President expressed confusion about Mr Abbott’s behaviour given that Elvis Presley never sang a song about a fox.
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